11 QUESTIONS with Jamie Duneier - TV Screenplay Finalist
1. What is your screenplay about?
Mile High Medical is a sexy medical soap set in the wish-fulfillment world of ski country following the lives of some brilliant athlete doctors. Ultimately, this is a show about a thirty-something woman learning how to help herself at the same time as she is helping everyone else...not an easy lesson to learn.
2. Why should your script be made into a film?
This is a show about people who forget to take care of themselves out of a grander desire to help others. This is a very honorable yet self-destructive path that many of us take on. This is a story about getting to the heart of self-love as the source of our true stregnth.
3. How long have you been writing screenplays?
4. What film have you seen the most in your life?
5. What artists in the film industry would you love to work with?
The Wachowski starship!
6. How many screenplays have you written?
Many? I guess it's all relative in the end. I have written two episodes of Parenthood, on NBC. I have also developed a number of my own original pilots. The Code, Stolen, Mile High Medical, Children of the Sky, and I'm about to start a new one. I've also written a One Act that I was lucky enough to direct myself a number of years back. So altogether that makes six TV scripts.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
Exactly where I'm supposed to be. I'm pretty open to go for the journey. As long as I stay true to my heart's intention, I am happy to be surprised along the way. Whatever I'm doing I hope it involves a little "magic" of some kind.
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
I only write when I feel like my cup has refilled and I don't write for longer than two hours at a time. It's very much like stepping into that machine in Avatar, so it requires a lot of energy. I have learned to listen to my body and never write feeling "under pressure."
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Yoga, being out in nature, skiing, self-growth through quieting the mind and meditating often... having deep, one on one conversations about science and the metaphysical world. Traveling is important to me too. Seeing new places and new perspectives. There are so many places I have been lucky to see, and so many more I cannot wait to. It's a bit overwhelming actually! To me the experience of life is as different as you want it to be from minute to minute, it all hinges on an adjustment of your perspective. This is actually what drives me as a writer, I love exploring different worlds.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
I felt like putting myself out there in a new kind of way. I don't usually submit projects to this kind of thing.
11. Any advice or tips you'd like to pass on to other writers?
Yes. Learn how your favorite stories are told, then forget all the rules you learned and write what is in your heart. Start with a character or world that fascinates you and then play and be patient with your process. The more you are able to get the many voices out of your head, all the voices that aren't yours influence by your own unique sensibility... the stronger your writing will be. That said, always be open to hearing someone you trust's perspective and/or notes. You don't have to take them, but you will always be better for having an objective take.